The Beaver Press Print Shop was founded at MIT in Spring 2016. It features a Gutenberg-facsimile wooden letterpress designed by former MIT Hobby Shop Director and alumnus Ken Stone '72, and built by MIT students in the Spring 2016 term. Mr. Stone has made the plans for building the press freely available here. The Print Shop is located on the MIT campus in Room 10-810, on the eighth floor of Barker Library. It has over 25 cases of metal type, ink, paper, and other equipment necessary to set and print texts and images. The Press publishes its own imprints, which are written, designed, and printed by MIT students taking 21H.343/CC.120 "Making Books in the Renaissance and Today."
MIT Instructors are welcome to integrate a printing exercise in the shop into their MIT graduate and undergraduate subjects. Contact Print Shop Co-Director and Professor of History Jeffrey Ravel to learn more.
At various times during the year, the shop is open to all members of the MIT community. Visit our Sign Up to Print page to learn about dates and times for open printing. Trained student shop assistants help novice printers to design, set, and print their short texts. The Beaver Press is also occasionally available to high school students outside MIT who wish to learn how to print on a letterpress. Contact Professor Ravel for more information.
Anne McCants, Professor of History and Director of Concourse; and Jeffrey Ravel, Professor and Head of the History Faculty, are the Co-Directors of the Beaver Press. Ken Stone, MIT Class of 1972 and former Director of the MIT Hobby Shop, is our Technical Director. The Press has received generous support from the Concourse First-Year Program, the History Faculty, and the MIT Libraries.